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Texas medical license defense lawyerTexas Medical Board investigations can be stressful and daunting. In extreme situations, they may even induce fear and worry over what could happen to your practice or reputation – but does this necessarily mean that one should surrender their medical license while an investigation is still underway? What if you believe you are guilty of the of acts or infractions that the Board has accused you of committing? Learn more about protecting your Texas medical license, including how to tell when a surrender of it may be warranted, and discover how an experienced professional license defense lawyer may be able to assist with your case.

Is a Surrender of Your Medical License Warranted?

Once the brutality of a Texas Medical Board (TMB) investigation starts, one may start to feel as though everything is spiraling out of control. You may be bombarded with calls at work and at home, find yourself anxious every time you check the mail, and constantly concerned that an investigator will show up, out of the blue, perhaps at the worst time possible. However, even under this extreme level of stress, surrender of a medical license is not warranted if an investigation is still pending – especially since it may be possible to mitigate in your favor.

Guilt or perceived guilt do not warrant surrender either. Instead, one should continue to fight the disciplinary action against them, right until the very end. After all, this is more than just your reputation on the line; it is also your livelihood.

How Our Texas Medical License Defense Attorney Can Help

An attorney is highly recommended during every TMB investigation case, regardless of the evidence (or lack of it) against you or your practice. Not only does this ensure that your rights are protected and that any potential consequences are skillfully mitigated against, it can also reduce the stress and anxiety you feel while navigating through the investigation and administrative process. Lastly, an attorney can advise you on if or when it may be appropriate to surrender your medical license.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the medical-legal arena, Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, possesses the skills and knowledge that are needed to effectively protect you and your medical license. Dedicated to your best interest, our Texas medical license defense lawyer can take swift and aggressive action in your case, regardless of the circumstances or supposed evidence against you. Learn more by scheduling a free and personalized consultation with us today. Call 512-228-7946.


Texas medical license defense attorneyPhysicians and other medical professionals are under a tremendous amount of stress, and some spend their entire workday making life and death decisions. Put quite simply, the chaos of a healthcare provider’s life can be a perfect storm – one that has the potential to breed all sorts of mental health issues. Sadly, seeking help may jeopardize a physician’s medical license. Learn more about mental health issues as a healthcare provider, and discover how an experienced professional license defense lawyer can help protect your ability to practice medicine.

Mental Health Issues in the Healthcare Industry

Long bouts of stress, when paired with traumatic experiences, can take a serious toll on the mental psyche of an individual – and doctors are no exception. Yet the public tends to assume that physicians are superhuman, somehow immune to the mental health ailments that plague the rest of society. Such assumptions are preposterous, of course, but the unrealistic standards that physicians are often held to can create fear for those that wish to seek help.

Take, for example, a report done by the Federation of State Medical Boards. In it, they examined state medical board license applications, and they submitted a seven-item survey to the boards themselves. Nearly all the boards (91 percent) indicated that a physician could have their license suspended, revoked, or otherwise restricted if they received a mental impairment diagnosis. At least four of the boards also indicated that substance abuse or psychiatric illness alone could be enough to cause the loss of a physician’s medical license.

Mental Health Care and Your Medical License

Although physicians do have justification for their fears, it is important that they seek mental health care when it is needed. Failure to do so can place more than just one’s license at risk; it could also result in poor decision making, extreme burnout, and could even increase the risk of suicide. However, physicians are encouraged to seek protection if they have any reason to believe that their license could be in jeopardy – either because they have sought mental health care or have mental health condition or substance abuse problem.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the medical-legal arena, Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, can take aggressive action to protect your medical license. Committed to ensuring the future of your practice, our Texas medical license defense attorney will skillfully assist you through every step of the investigation and disciplinary process. Learn more by scheduling a free and personalized consultation. Call 512-228-7946 today.


Texas medical license defense attorneyEveryone makes mistakes, but doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals tend to be held to a higher standard. In fact, a single and seemingly minor mistake could potentially lead to an investigation and disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board. Repeated offenses - even if only alleged - are far more dire. They can result in permanent suspension or revocation of a doctor’s medical license. Learn how to protect your license, regardless of the situation, with help from the following information.

When an Investigation Leads to Disciplinary Action

If a complaint is filed against your practice, the Texas Medical Board may investigate. Should they find evidence to substantiate the claims against you, an Informal Show Compliance Proceeding (ISC) may be held. If the allegations against you are not dismissed at this time, you will then be referred for an additional hearing to determine what disciplinary action will be taken against you. Examples might include a temporary suspension of your license, mandatory completion of continuing education units, or random drug and/or alcohol testing for a specified time period. You could also be placed on probation, which may have additional requirements.

Violation of Probation and Repeated Acts of Misconduct

Once disciplinary action has been taken against you or your practice, it is critical that you follow through with all terms of your probation or suspension. Failure to do so can result in serious and potentially lifelong consequences, including a permanent suspension or revocation of your medical license. This applies, even if the order is to cease all practices of medicine for a predetermined period of time. You can appeal the decision, however. Just make sure you have an experienced legal professional on your side during this process.

Protecting Your Medical License, Right from the Start

While it is possible to appeal a decision made by the Texas Medical Board, physicians tend to fare better when they seek legal assistance, right from the very start of an investigation. In fact, some may be able to have the allegations dismissed long before it ever reaches the ISC phase of an investigation. This is because an attorney can ensure that all correspondences are carefully crafted, and that your rights are protected throughout the investigation process.

Backed by more than 20 years of experience in the legal-medical arena, Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has the knowledge and skills needed to effectively represent you throughout your entire case. We protect your license and practice, right from the very start. Learn more about our comprehensive and aggressive legal services. Call 512-228-7946 and schedule a confidential consultation with our Texas medical license defense attorney today.



Texas medical license defense lawyerWhile a large percentage of medical license suspensions occur because of a situation related to a doctor’s practice, there are some everyday issues that can put your license at risk. Some are unexpected. Others you may not know about. Yet all have the potential to create havoc. Learn what these potential risks are, and how you can fight, should you find yourself the subject of an investigation or a possible medical license suspension.

In-Office Relationships, Conduct, and Practices

If you are a part of a medical practice, and you have others that work with you as either partners or subordinates, your license is placed at risk on almost a daily basis. The things that happen – the hiring or firing of an employee, interoffice relationships, staff-patient interactions, drug abuse, failure to renew a license, and more – can fall under your jurisdiction. As such, it is critical that you practice due diligence in all that you do. Document everything, take action when needed, and always set clear boundaries, guidelines, and consequences for interoffice conflict and/or situations that may put you at risk.

DUI or Other Criminal Charges

You do not have to be at the office to face consequences. There are things that can happen while driving home from a Christmas party, or while out with fellow colleagues that can place your medical license at risk. For example, a common barroom brawl (even if it was self-defense) could lead to criminal charges, which may put your license at risk for suspension. Being arrested for a DUI may also cause a suspension of your license. Even worse is that a conviction may not be necessary; you may still face consequences from the Texas Medical Board, even if your criminal charges are dismissed.

Overdue Child Support

Ideally, one should never let child support payments get behind. However, there are extenuating circumstances that may cause you to be late. Fall far enough behind and your medical license could be suspended. Not only is this a major inconvenience for you, it could result in difficulty in getting your license reinstated. You may also be required to pay extra fees. Be proactive if you fall behind, and if your license is suspended, get assistance with the reinstatement process.

Contact Our Texas Medical License Defense Lawyer

Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, can help you deal with whatever life throws at you. Dedicated and experienced, we will aggressively fight to help you with your medical license investigation, suspension, revocation, or reinstatement. Schedule a consultation with our Texas medical license defense lawyer to learn more. Call 512-228-7946 today.


Texas physician license defense attorneyIf you have recently had your medical license suspended, it might feel as if your life is over. Your livelihood, and all that you worked for, may seem a complete loss. Your friends, colleagues, and neighbors may have started treating you different. Worst of all, it can appear that life will never again be the same. However, you can appeal decisions from the Texas Medical Board. An experienced license defense attorney can help. Furthermore, there are things you can do to ease the stress as you work through this complex, arduous, and emotionally taxing process.

Hire an Attorney Immediately

If you have not done so already, it is critical that you immediately hire an experienced professional license defense attorney. This is true, regardless of whether your suspension is due to emergency action from the Board, or the result of ruling during your Informal Settlement Conference. Able to carefully examine your case for unjust treatment or other discrepancies in the facts or actions taken against you, an attorney can take swift, immediate, and aggressive action to protect your livelihood.

Addiction and License Suspensions

If your license was suspended because of an addiction or illicit drug use, now is the time to get help. This is especially true if your suspension is the result of an emergency order; by taking action early-on, you can have more control over the treatment and possibly even improve the outcome of your case. The preferable option is to check into an inpatient recovery program and then pursue a 12-step program that is specific to your addiction. If you have any questions about how to proceed, contact your attorney for guidance.

Emotional Management

Even if your attorney is optimistic about the possible outcome of your case, it is important that you take steps to effectively manage the emotional aspect of having your license suspended. Stay away from the media, including social media. Seek support from close family and friends. If you cannot find help there, find a local support group. Get screened for depression and anxiety. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideation, contact an emergency hotline. Whatever you do, avoid brushing things under the rug. What you are feeling is understandable, and ignoring it will not make it go away. If anything, it could make things worse.

Our Attorney Can Take Aggressive Action in Your Case

Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has more than 20 years of experience in the medical-legal arena. Able to assist you with your temporary suspension or license suspension appeal, our Texas professional license defense attorney will work hard to improve the overall outcome of your case. Schedule your free initial consultation with us today by calling 512-228-7946.




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